Well I don’t have much to day about the race from Saturday evening. Tony qualified 15th for the race at Richmond. His car seemed to start off really strong as he managed to work his way up to third at one point. Then he just started falling back further and further. Unfortunately I was not listening to his radio communications and I am unsure as to why he had this drop…I assume it was poor handling that they were chasing.
Tony finished 16th, one lap down to race winner Denny Hamlin. However- it doesn’t really matter because Richmond was the last race of the “regular” season for NASCAR. Now it get’s stressful for us fans. Now it’s the playoffs.
Tony is seeded 6th in the Chase fifty points behind chase leader Denny Hamlin.
Notes About Richmond:
- I was surprised that since the Richmond race fell on Patriot’s day this year that there wasn’t more patriot paint schemes ran. I think I saw maybe two (Jeff Gordon and Kevin Conway). I don’t count Ryan Newman’s Army paint scheme- as it was the usual Army paint scheme he runs…but if you want to count it-that is 3.
- I was saddened to hear that Tony Stewart’s grandfather passed away the morning of the race. I was dismayed when one of the journalists (Lee Spencer) asked Tony to “reflect” on it at the post race presser all the chase drivers went through. DISMAYED. Why don’t you rub some more salt into that wound there? Tony handled the question with the utmost professionalism…but still I am dismayed it was even brought up. (Still shaking my head at that one).
The Chase begins Sunday September 19th at Louden, NH. GO TONY GO!